Production of the electric BMW i7 starts, the absolute flagship of BMW

BMW presented the new generation of the BMW 7 Series last April, and it also did so with the help of the first 100% electric version of this model, the BMW i7. Now, three months after the launch of the model, the German firm celebrates the entry of its electric flagship on the brand’s production lines.

As announced by BMW, the first BMW i7s left the brand’s production lines yesterday in Dingolfing, Lower Bavaria (Germany), after an investment of more than 300 million euros to prepare the factory. Key technical components of the i7’s electrical schematic, such as the battery or power pack, are also assembled in this same location.

As a curiosity, BMW points out that the new i7 is assembled on the same assembly line as the BMW 5 Series, 8 Series and the BMW iX, on which Christoph Schröder, director of the plant, comments. “We are 100% flexible and we can switch between the drive variants of the BMW 7 Series. This means that we can manufacture completely in line with the demand for the different drives and use the capacity of our plant to the maximum.” This is one of the advantages of developing electric cars on platforms previously designed for thermal models.

Moment in which the body joins the platform, also known as “marriage”.

Following this milestone in the journey of the electric BMW i7, the next step for this technological model will take place in fall of this year, when it finally arrives both at dealerships and in the hands of the first customers. The brand has not specified a reservation figure for either the i7 or the thermal versions of the 7 Series.

Despite the fact that it has now been when serial production of what is the top of the range of BMW has begun, the firm announced the prices of the i7 just days after announcing it. The only version that has been announced for the moment of the electric BMW i7 for the Spanish market has a starting price of 137,900 euros.

It is called i7 xDrive 60, and in addition to the starting specification, it is available along with the M Sport and M Sport Pro equipment lines, whose prices rise to 144,916 and 149,129.60 euros.

BMW i7.

Technically, the BMW i7 relies on a dual-motor electrical scheme, so it enjoys all-wheel drive. The electric motor positioned on the front axle produces 190 kW (258 hp), while the one on the rear axle does the same with 230 kW (313 hp). Together, the BMW i7 xDrive 60 produces 400 kW of power (544 hp) and 745 Nm of torque.

Both engines are powered by a battery located under the passenger compartment with a capacity of 101.7 kWh, and that with a full charge it can offer up to 625 kilometers of autonomy. The maximum charging power is 195 kW, which with a sufficiently powerful charging point will allow it to go from 0 to 80% in 34 minutes.

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